Told through the letters of a young Irish officer this is the story of Irish soldiers in the First World War and the capture of the Flemish village of Wijtschate on the Messines ridge just south of Ypres in June 1917.
WINNER of the International Affairs Book of the Year at the Political Book Awards 2014<br/> Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2013<br/> The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity progress and hope.
The pacy sensitive and formidably argued history of the causes of the First World War from acclaimed historian and author Christopher ClarkFINANCIAL TIMES BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2014SUNDAY TIMES and INDEPENDENT BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2012Winner of the Los Angeles Times History Book Prize 2014The moments that it took Gavrilo Princip to step forward to the stalled car and shoot dead Franz Ferdinand and his wife were perhaps the most fateful of the modern era.
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